Legislation to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons is likely dead for this session of the Alabama Legislature because a House committee decided it needed more study, but the bill's sponsor, Huntsville Representative Laura Hall, said she plans to try again next session.
Hall, who said the issue is medical, not criminal, wants to allow Alabamians with chronic or persistent medical conditions, ranging from cancer to AIDS to migraine headaches, to acquire or cultivate marijuana under a doctor's direction. Hall's bill provides that if a patient couldn't acquire or grow the marijuana, then the primary caregivers could. One legislator said Alabama shouldn't pass any legislation until the U-S Supreme Court rules on the U-S attorney general's legal challenge to California's medical marijuana law. The high court heard arguments last November.